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From The Socialist newspaper, 11 March 2020

Camarthenshire: Councillors' 'walk of shame'

Lobbying Carmarthenshire council against Plaid Cymru's cuts March 2020

Lobbying Carmarthenshire council against Plaid Cymru's cuts March 2020   (Click to enlarge)

Mark Evans, Carmarthenshire County Unison branch secretary (personal capacity)

Plaid Cymru councillors voting for the cuts had to walk the 'walk of shame' past us to get into the council meeting.

Carmarthenshire County branch of public sector union Unison, along with Socialist Party and other anti-cuts campaigners, lobbied the Plaid-led council where the budget was being voted on. We called on councillors to make a stand and implement our union branch's no-cuts budget.

Due to a pre-election sweetener from Boris Johnson, Tory cuts passed on by the Welsh Labour government to the council for the next three years were lower than expected - 16.5 million. But these cuts will have a serious impact on jobs, services and communities and come on top of previous cuts.

We had no illusions that Plaid councillors would make a stand because the council's public consultation about the budget was a sham. There was no mention of cuts in the consultation - the words "efficiencies" and "savings" were substituted for 'cuts'. And if the public didn't accept suggested 'efficiencies' or 'savings' they were threatened with a rise in council tax.

Carmarthenshire Unison has stopped council cuts on many occasions. We will continue to make councillors walk the 'walk of shame' until they stand with us or are removed from office.

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In The Socialist 11 March 2020:


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Coronavirus infects the world economy

Flybe collapse: nationalise to save jobs threatened by Covid-19 and downturn

Coronavirus: international cooperation needed, not capitalist competition

Supermarkets are ruled by profit - unions should control supply limits

For full pay during isolation: for public health as well as workers' wallets

Self-isolation patients speak: NHS facilities and advice not up to it

Italy on lockdown: lack of resources and democracy causes panic

South Korea shows capitalism has money to respond to coronavirus

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News

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Homerton Hospital workers fight for sick pay

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Argos workers in Sainsbury's stores threatened with losing collective bargaining

Homeless charity workers to strike against intransigent management

Southampton trade unionists say "defend the right to strike!"

Strong support for PCS Broad Left Network

East London uni and bin worker strikes


US election

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Stoke council unions beat pay cuts - now let's stop all cuts

Is there an anti-cuts rebellion in Scotland?

Socialist Party joins International Women's Day protests

Housing workers explain reality to idiot Boris Johnson

Swansea: Ask anyone about state of services, you will hear the real story

Camarthenshire: Councillors' 'walk of shame'

Student occupation in support of striking workers

Selling the Socialist

Socialist Party executive committee positions


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Women's and trans rights

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Book: Why you should be a trade unionist by Unite general secretary Len McCluskey

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